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Implementation of SAP All in One

Arvum Group implements SAP All in One Solution



The Arvum Group, formerly known as the Declan Power Group


Pat Farrell, Finance Director, The Arvum Group Kathryn Kenneally, Finance Manager & Project Leader

Technologies Used


Solution at a Glance

Rapid Implementation of SAP All in One solution at four sites Integration of Finance and Logistics Systems Implementation for SAP Global Trade Management System

Modules implemented

Finance & Controlling including Asset Management Sales and Distribution Materials Management Inventory Management Production Planning Procurement of stock and services SAP Global Trade Management System

Business Benefits

Integrated system across Finance, Production and Logistics, Automation of Customer Pricing, Full product traceability with the use of batch control, Comprehensive Stock management and location functionality Greater stock visibility at sub-contractor locations, Profitability reporting by customer, product, customer group, and product group. Fully automated procurement process, including purchase order release strategies, resulting in more controlled spend, Full integration and finance capabilities including credit management, asset management, interest calculation and dunning, balance sheet reporting, management reporting Full sales support tools for rep activity management, email / print campaign generation Scalability of solution will facilitate DPG's growth plans

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Arvum Group Implements SAP ERP Solution with Assistance from Avnet Client Solutions The Arvum Group (formerly the Declan Power Group) has interests in a diverse and innovative group of businesses across the Agri/Food Industry. Its companies are involved in agronomy, seed, animal nutrition, farm auditing services and bio fuels. Based in Waterford, the Arvum Group has 30 employees with annual turnover of 25m and has a number of joint ventures with AB Agri in providing co-product solutions to Ireland's largest food and drink producers. In April 2009, The Arvum Group signed a deal with Avnet Client Solutions for the implementation of a fully integrated ERP Solution. SAP All-In-One was successfully implemented across the group by the end of October 2009. The initial phase of the implementation involved full operational functionality across two of the businesses: KW Forage Systems and Trident Ireland. KW Forage Systems, a joint venture between AB Agri and the Arvum Group provides co-product solutions to the Irish food and beverage industry both feed and non-feed. The main business processes involve the collection, distribution and disposal of these alternative feed products. In addition to the feed products, a number of tailored blended animal feed products are produced. A key requirement from the customer was the development of various Supplier Reconciliation Reports which considered all sales and associated costs, and profit margins. The solution provides fully automated customer pricing based on rolled up costs giving accurate profit margin information at point of sale. Trident Ireland is a joint venture between the Arvum Group and AB Argi and is involved in the supply of high value feed ingredients such as sugar beet pulp and distillers grains. The business processes are supported by SAP Global Trade Management. This module incorporates purchase and sales contracts. A key requirement for this implementation was the ability to analyse trading positions and provide information on potential exposures where purchase orders are not met with demand on the sales side. The procurement to pay process is controlled by purchase order release strategies using electronic signatures which replace manual written authorisation procedures. The second phase of the implementation involved the roll-out of the solution across two more locations: Forage Systems and Seedtech.

"We have greater visibility on business performance and can make business decisions based on real time information. The SAP Solution is versatile enough to adapt with our growth and was delivered on time and on budget" Pat Farrell, Arvum Group Financial Director

Forage Systems specialises in the growing, preserving and feeding of on-farm feeds while Seed Technology is engaged in the development and supply of seed varieties to the Irish market. Both companies have a strong R&D emphasis. The SAP processes are divided into three main sectors: Trading, home production and third party farm production. Trading products are purchased to forecast, held on site in various units of measure and sold on demand. The home production process involves `made to order' stock where the raw materials are bought and processed into higher level finished goods. The farm production process involves product grown on leased land or contract grown by third party growers. Costs were controlled using standard Internal Orders. Inter-company sales and inter-plant transfers were a key feature of this business. The business benefits from the integrated features of the solution which provides complete visibility of stock and margins across locations. One of the factors which contributed to the successful implementation of the solution was the involvement of key users early in the project. Audrey White, Client Solutions Project Manager for the implementation, explained that exposure to the system early in the project cycle empowered the users to make decisions during workshops and eased the transition from the legacy system to the new environment at go live. Pat Farrell, Arvum Group FD, confirmed that the SAP implementation had contributed significant efficiencies in terms of process streamlining, product pricing and margin analysis. Furthermore "we have greater visibility on business performance and can make business decisions based on real time information. The SAP solution delivered by Client Solutions has met our logistical and financial requirements, is versatile enough to adapt as the business grows and was delivered on time and on budget."

Avnet Client Solutions | 3

Why Avnet Client Solutions? Avnet Client Solutions has a unique and unmatched reputation in SAP All in One implementation in Ireland, the UK and worldwide. Today we are the recognised industry specialists in this sector. We are also partners and consultative experts in Microsoft, Serena, MicroStrategy, SAP Business Objects and Teradata. As a company, we have grown to a staff of +100 people ­ now the largest indigenous IT Services Company in Ireland. Avnet Client Solutions specialises in delivering solutions to its clients using the best tools and technologies available in Business Intelligence, Application Development, ERP and Business Service Management technologies. Our goal is to become the partner of choice in the provision of tools, training, and consultancy and development expertise in our chosen areas. We were established in 1994 and currently have offices in Cork and Dublin with a team of well over 100 consultants delivering solutions to a broad spectrum of customers.

SAP Division The SAP division is the largest indigenous supplier of SAP All in One to the Irish market. Avnet Client Solutions are Gold Partners with SAP. We have been offering SAP Support, SAP implementations and SAP consultancy for over 10 years. Avnet Client Solutions is Ireland's largest SAP Consultancy firm with over 50 full life cycle SAP Implementations worldwide.The division has an unrivalled track record in project delivery. This success is the combination of a highly technical team, a quality driven software development process and our wealth of project experience. . Customers include Fannin Healthcare, ESB, Cahill May Roberts, Takeda Pharmaceutical, ICG and Mercury Holdings

To contact us call: Denis O'Leary Business Development Manager ­ SAP 086 2807 623


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